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Autism

By Janet Marshall

Advanced Diploma Naturopathy. Diploma Nutrition.

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Autism is one of the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Autism is a brain disorder that limits a person’s ability to communicate and relate to other people. It affects the way a child interacts with both their environment and with others. It is a life-long developmental disability with varying degrees of severity and intelligence (meaning children with autism can be highly intelligent). According to statistics from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, ASDs are increasing dramatically. One of every 110 children will receive an ASD diagnosis by the time they are 8 – a rate 10 times higher than it was in the 1980s. It affects boys four times as often as girls and may be genetic. Most people with autism will always have some trouble relating to others. But early diagnosis and treatment have helped more and more people who have autism to reach their full potential.

Remedies

Aromatherapy

Use aromatherapy for creating a calming environment. A sache of Chamomile leaves, Lemon balm or Lavender can be placed in a stuffed toy or in the child’s pillow light.

Melotonin

Ensure the room is as dark as possible as this encourages the production of melotonin, the brain's sleep hormone. If the child is frightened of the dar, use a night light.

Magnesium

Magnesium 250mg for children aged 2-12 30 minutes before bed has a relaxing effect.

Diet

In the evening include: bananas, turkey, dates, figs, milk, wholegrain crackers or yogurt as these food increase tryptophan which promotes sleep.

Reviewed by Janet Marshall 25 February 2015 references
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This document has been developed and peer reviewed by a KIDS HEALTH Advisory Board Representative and is based on expert opinion and the available published literature at the time of review. Information contained in this document is not intended to replace medical advice and any questions regarding a medical diagnosis or treatment should be directed to a medical practitioner.

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